Courses-Level-4M

Effective from the Academic Year 2018/2019

Unit Code

Unit Title

Credit Value

Hourly breakdown

Notional

Hours 

Theory

Mentering

Practical/

Field visit

Independent Learning

 

FIS401M3

Marine Ecology and Limnology

3

45

105

150

FIS402M3

Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

3

45

105

150

FIS403M3

Aquaculture and Hatchery Techniques

3

45

105

150

FIS404M3

Fish Genetics and Biotechnology

3

45

105

150

FIS405M2

Fisheries Practical III

2

60

40

100

FIS406M2

Fisheries Practical IV

2

60

40

100

FIS407M6

Research Project

6

20

580

600

FIS408M2

Current Topics in Fisheries

2

100

100

FIS409M2

Advanced Fisheries Statistics

2

15

30

105

150

FIS410M2

In Field Training 

 

2

60

140

200

FIS411M2

Fisheries Socioeconomics

2

15

30

105

150

Total

30

 

 

 

 

 

Course Title

Marine Ecology and Limnology

Course Code

FIS401M3

Credit Value

3

Core/Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

 

Theory

Independent Learning

45

105

Objectives

·     Provide detailed knowledge on important concepts of marine ecology and limnology

·     Analyze the interaction of organisms with aquatic environment

Intended Learning Outcomes

      Explain the abiotic and biotic factors of marine and freshwater ecosystems

      Discuss the ecological aspects on migration, biological clock, succession, stratification and zonation of biota

      Elaborate the biology and importance of the marine and freshwater biota

      Appraise the interaction of organisms with marine and freshwater environment

      Analyse the difference of ecological perspectives between marine and freshwater environment

Course Content

Nature of ecosystems, energy flow and cycles; Ecological factors: temperature, light, etc.; Organization and dynamics of some  aquatic ecosystems;  Estimation of production; Some ecological consideration:  migration,  biological clock,   succession,  stratification and zonation of biota; Biotic characters: Planktonic communities, algae, holoplankton and mesoplankton types, bacteria, and interactions; Littoral Communities, algae, zooplankton, Seagrass, coral reef; Microflora; Benthic communities (Fish, etc.); El Niño, la Niño and tsunami concepts.

 

Lentic and Lotic ecosystems; Abiotic characters: Illumination, bioluminescence, Temperature Stratifications, Turbidity, Currents; Dissolved Oxygen, Salinity, Carbon, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Iron, Sulfur and Silica cycles, Organic Carbon cycle; Freshwater invertebrates; Freshwater zooplankton, Ostracods, Free living meso, macro crustaceans; Mountain stream fauna, mollusks; Freshwater insects: Ephemeroptera, Diptera; River continuum concept.

 

Teaching /Learning Methods

Lecture, Teaching through smart Board, Modules, Photographs, Video clips, Online learning, Tutorial discussion, Breakout room discussion

Assessment Strategy

 Theory:              

                        In – course assessment/s:                                                                               30%

                        End of Course Examination                                                                                            70%                                            

References

      Lalli, C.M. and Parsons, T.R., 2012. Biological Oceanography. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann

      Mann,K.H. and Lazier, J.R., 2003. Dynamics of Marine Ecosystem, 2nd ed. Blackwell Science.

      Lampert, W. and Sommer, U., 2007. Limnoecology, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Inc, Oxford : New York

Course Title

Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

Course Code

FIS402M3

Credit Value

3

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Independent Learning

45

105

Objectives

·     Provide conceptual knowledge on fish physiological functions in relation to their living in water

·     Impart the knowledge based on biochemical structures in fishes

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

        Explain the concepts of diversity in structure and functions of different systems

        Discuss the different habits with emphasis on functional systems such as feeding, growth, reproduction and life history, and sensory systems

        Determine the food relationship of fish and stomach content analysis

        Elaborate the different types of fish migration and factors affecting it

        Describe the process of gas exchange, blood circulation and ion balance

        Illustrate the pattern of body movements of fish

        Assess the different biomolecules in fishes

        Compare different metabolism of biomolecules in fishes

 

Course Contents

Physiology of fish to include diversity in structure, functions and habits with emphasis on feeding, growth, reproduction and life history; Food supply and food relationship of fish and stomach content analysis – qualitative and quantitative; Fish migration; Respiration, Osmoregulation and ion balance, Gas exchange blood and the circulatory system; Buoyancy, Swimming; Sensory system and communication; Immune system; Nervous system; Biochemical functions of different Biomolecules (Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat and Nucleic acid), Metabolism of different biomolecules in fishes.

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, Modules, Breakout room discussion, Flow charts, Models, Video clips, Online learning, Tutorial discussion

 

Assessment Strategy

Theory:                

                        In – course assessment/s:                                                                               30%

                        End of Course Examination                                                                            70%                         

 

References

         Hoar, W.S. and Randall, D.J., 1983.Fish physiology, Academic Press.

         Sloman, K.A., Wilson, R.W. and Balshine, S., 2005. Fish Physiology: Behaviour and Physiology of Fish, Academic Press.

Course Title

Aquaculture and Hatchery Techniques

Course Code

FIS403M3

Credit Value

3

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Independent Learning

45

105

Objectives

·      Provide a holistic knowledge on the aquaculture principles and practices

·      Recognize relevant ethical, social and environmental issues related to aquaculture

Intended Learning Outcomes

         Discuss the recent developmental facilities of aquaculture

         Explain the concepts underpinning the design and operation of aquaculture practices

         Analyze the species‐specific culture requirements

         Distinguish the skills related to technical advancement in Aquaculture

         Evaluate the status of aquaculture in Sri Lanka and world

         Develop new techniques in hatchery and management system

                                                                                                                 

Course Contents

Planning aquaculture facilities: site selection, production plan; Design and construction methods of fish farms, Pond Engineering, tanks, cages, and raceways; Equipment and methods of aeration and oxygenation of culture water; Economic principles in aquaculture practices, Culture based capture fisheries; management and feasibility reports; Importance of hatchery and nursery techniques, investments required; Water quality for aquaculture and instrumentation; Methods of particle removing in aquaculture, Ammonia removal in aquaculture; Techniques of breeding and larval rearing of fish and shrimps; Nursery ponds managements including packing and transport of live fish and fish seeds; Hatchery designs; Egg storage and hatching equipment (incubators, troughs etc.); Closed production units-Recirculating aquaculture systems  (RAS); Self-cleaning process, ideal and non- ideal mixing; Disinfection methods in aquaculture; Feeding systems; Crab fattening.

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, Group activity, Recitation oral questions, Poster presentation, Class projects, Online learning, Tutorial discussion

 

Assessment Strategy

Theory:                

                        In – course assessment/s:                                                                             30%

                       End of Course Examination                                                                                            70%                        

 

References

   Pillay, T. and Kutty, M., 2009. Aquaculture, Oxford: Blackwell.

   Allan, G. and Burnell, G., 2013. Advances in aquaculture hatchery technology, Oxford [etc.]: Woodhead

 

Course Title

Fish Genetics and Biotechnology

Course Code

FIS 404M3

Credit Value

3

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Independent Learning

45

105

Objectives

·      Provide conceptual knowledge on principles of fish genetics and biotechnology, diagnostic aid in the detection of genetic changes

·      Provide knowledge on principles and application with the advanced biotechnological techniques in fisheries management and aquaculture

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

       Explain the aspects of basic molecular biology of fish DNA

       Illustrate Policies and framework for a safer and sustainable fish molecular technology

       Analyze the impact of past molecular technologies on aquaculture management

       Describe the advanced molecular technologies in aquaculture and fisheries

       Discuss the advanced biotechnological techniques

       Interpret advanced biotechnology in aquaculture and fisheries

 

Course Contents

Mendelian laws of inheritance: DNA and Chromosomal basis of inheritance, Identification and inheritance of qualitative and quantitative traits, Genes and Genome; Basics in Molecular biology: Structure and Function of DNA, Analysis of Genes and Genome, Basics in population genetics: Phenotypic and Genotypic variation, Partitioning of Variance; Environmental effect, Heredity; Genetics in fish breeding: Selective Breeding, Chromosomal manipulation (Gynogenesis, Androgenesiys, Polyploidy), Hybridization, Sex reversal; Biotechnology in Aquaculture systems: Biosecurity applications, Control of algal blooms; Biotechnology in Health management: Fish immunology, Vaccination, Probiotics; Disease diagnostic methods, Advanced biotechnological techniques: Nucleic Acid hybridization, Cell culture and Cryopreservation, Genetic engineering techniques; Transgenic production, GMAOs, DNA fingerprinting, Cloning.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, Breakout room discussion, Recitation oral questions, Group activity, Class projects, Tutorial discussion, Online learning, Problem solving sessions and Computer labs.

Assessment Strategy

Theory:                

                        In – course assessment/s:                                                                      30%

                              End of Course Examination                                                                 70%                          

 

References:

      Dunham, R., 2011. Aquaculture and fisheries biotechnology, Wallingford: CABI.

      Beaumont, A., Boudry, P. and Hoare, K., 2010. Biotechnology and genetics in fisheries and aquaculture, Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.

Course Title

Fisheries Practical III

Course Code

FIS405M2

Credit Value

2

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Practical

Independent Learning

60

40

Objectives

·      Provide the practical skills related to sampling from marine water and freshwater ecosystems

·      Provide knowledge on conducting physiological and biochemical experiments in fish

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate the sampling techniques in marine and fresh water ecosystems

    Demonstrate the ability to identify the key species that inhabit the marine intertidal region, utilizing identification keys to distinguish closely related species

    Demonstrate the physiology of reproduction, respiration, digestion, excretion and osmoregulation in fish

    Analyze the proximate composition for fish muscle and their gut content, and fish feed

 

Course Contents

Sampling techniques; Species that inhabit the marine intertidal region; physiology of reproduction, respiration, digestion, excretion and osmoregulation in fish and shellfish; proximate composition for fish muscle and their gut content and fish feed; Different biomolecules in fish

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Practical, Field work, Group activity, Class project, Maintaining notebook, e-learning, Laboratory experiments

 

Assessment Strategy

Practical:             

                           In – course assessment/s:                                                                      30%                                                                       

                           End of Course Examination                                                                                     70%                                       

References:

   Wootton, R.J.,1990. Ecology of teleost fishes, London: Chapman & Hall.

   Mann, K.H. and Lazier, J.R., 2003. Dynamics of Marine Ecosystem. 2nd ed. Blackwell Science.

 

Course Title

Fisheries Practical IV

Course Code

FIS406M2

Credit Value

2

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Practical

Independent Learning

60

40

Objectives

Ø Provide the conceptual skills related to techniques on aquaculture and hatchery practices

Ø Provide knowledge on fish genetics and biotechnology experiments on cultivable organisms

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate the skills for site selection, design, construction of aquaculture system

      Evaluate the fish hatchery systems in Sri Lanka

      Analyze disease control measures in fish hatchery

      Express the transport of fish seeds

      Develop fish seeds production skills such as broodstock management, fertilisation and incubation of eggs, larval and fingerlings rearing

      Express the techniques in fish breeding, chromosomal genetics and genetic engineering

      Solve the sums related to fish genetics

 

Course Contents

Site selection, design, construct of aquaculture system; Manage fish hatchery and control of diseases in fish hatchery; transport fish seeds and develop fish seeds production; fish breeding, chromosomal genetics and genetic engineering in fish; Problems in fish genetics.

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Practical, Field work, Case Study, Group activity, Class project, Notebook, e-learning, Laboratory experiments

 

Assessment Strategy

Practical:             

                           In – course assessment/s:                                                                                30%                                                                       

                           End of Course Examination                                                                                70%                          

References

      John, S.L., 2013. Aquaculture – Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants. Blackwell Publ. 2nd edition.

      Pillay, T.V.R. and Kutty, M.N., 2005. Aquaculture: Principles and Practices. 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell Publ.

      Russel, P.J., 1998. Genetics, 5th edition. The Benjamin/ Cummings Publishing company, Inc. U.S.

      Griftiths, A.J., Miller, J.H., Suzuki, D.T., Lewontin, R.C. and Gelbart, W.H., 1996. An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, The W.H. Freeman and Company, U.S.

 

Course Title

Research Project

Course Code

FIS407M6

Credit Value

6

Core/ Elective

Core

 

Hourly Breakdown

Mentoring

Independent Learning

20

580

Objectives

·        Provide a holistic knowledge on a chosen research problem related to Fisheries Science

·        Analyze the literature survey and theoretical issues

·        Carry out an independent research project and present the findings

Intended Learning Outcomes

       Identify the topic

       Define a research problem related to Fisheries Science

       Review the literature for the identified research problem

       Formulate the objectives and methodology for the proposed research problem

       Evaluate the collected data for the respective research problem

       Interpret the data to solve the research problem

       Produce the project report

       Present the findings

Course Contents

A report on a research carried out by the student to be submitted for evaluation; Guided research project is an integral component of the degree programme; Students must identify a research topic in consultation with the Head / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer, at the beginning of fourth year; Each student will be assigned a supervisor; The duration of the project is one year parallel to the course; Students should make presentations at the beginning of research, in the middle, and at the end of their research; On completion of the research work a project report must be submitted within a stipulated period for evaluation; A soft bound copy of the report has to be submitted for examination purposes; Later, students will have to submit 03 hard bound copies (one for supervisor, one for Departmental Library and another one for Student); During their research period students are expected to maintain a research diary

Teaching and Learning Methods

Mentoring by supervisor, Laboratory work, Field work, Case study, Reading journals, e-learning, Recording, Photographs, Preparing report, Preparing presentation

Assessment Strategy

                  Oral presentation/s:                                                                                

                        Proposal presentation                                                                                10%

                        Mid term presentation                                                                               10%

                        Final presentation                                                                                       20%

                   Project Report                                                                                                     60%                       

References:

·            Ford, E., 2004. Scientific method for ecological research, Cambridge Univ. Press..

         Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.G., Williams, J.M., Bizup, J. and FitzGerald, W.T., 2016. The craft of research, Fourth edition. ed, Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Course Title

Current Topics in Fisheries (Seminar)

Course Code

FIS408M2

Credit Value

2

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Independent Learning

100

Objectives

·      Provide detailed knowledge on active learning, critical thinking and problem solving through a series of seminars involved on current issues in Fisheries

·      Develop the skills on report writing and oral presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes

    Identify the references using library and e-resources to search current topics

    Formulate report/s on selected topic/s

    Make presentation/s

    Develop the ability of responding to questions

Course Contents

Students should read current journals and other scientific publications and each student should present the knowledge gained on any current topic related to Fisheries Science as an oral presentation, weekly. Students have to submit a report containing 3 to 4 pages on their selected topic. Students have to sit a written end of course examination on chosen topics among the topics they presented during the academic year.

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Literature Survey, Oral presentation, Seminars, Use of books and e-resources, e-learning

 

Assessment Strategy

Theory:                

                        Oral Presentation                                                                                      30%

                        Report                                                                                                          10%

                        End of Course Examination                                                                         60%        

               

Suggested references

       Journals: Nature, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fishery Bulletin

       Magazines: Fisheries, Aquaculture, Marine conservation, National geography, NAGA

 

Course Title

Fisheries Statistics

Course Code

FIS409M2

Credit Value

2

Core/ Elective

Core

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical/Field work

Independent Learning

15

30

55

Objectives

·      Provide knowledge on general statistical approaches to qualitative and quantitative problems in marine science and fisheries with guidance

·      Describe how to collect and organize data,  select appropriate statistical methods,  analyze it using appropriate statistical softwares and  communicate results

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

      Discuss the concepts of biostatistics with fisheries science examples

      Describe the advanced statistical approaches in fisheries and marine science research

      Apply appropriate statistical analysis to solve the research problems

      Interpret the results obtained in Fisheries and Marine Science research using appropriate statistical software

Course Contents

Elements of Probability: Experiments, Sample space, Laws of probability;  Random Variables:  Discrete and continuous random variables; Hypothesis testing, Z-distribution, t-distribution;  One sample, two sample and paired ‘t’ tests;   Linear regression and correlation;  Introduction to Analysis of Variance;  One way and two way ANOVA;  Chi square test; Usage of computer based statistical packages for Fisheries Science data.

 

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, Group activity, Practical, Problem solving, e-learning, Case study

Assessment Strategy

            Theory(MT):        

                         In – course assessment/s:                                                                                  30%

                         End of Course Examination                                                                                   70%

                              

             Practical/ Field work (MP):            

                          In – course assessment/s:                                                                                 30 %                                                                    

                          End Course Examination                                                                                      70%             

Overall mark for the course =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5

 

References

   Zar, J.H., 1998. Biostatistical Analysis. 4th Edition. Printice Hall Int.

   Jim Fowler, L.C. and Phil, J., 1998. Practical Statistics for Field Biology. John willey & sons Publ.

 

Course Title

·      In-Field Training

Course Code

·      FIS410M2

Credit Value

·      2

Hourly Breakdown

·      Practical

·      Independent Learning

·      60

·      140

Objective

·      Provide hands on practice, skill and attitude on fishery related training in an industry from government and private sectors

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO):

·      Discuss the institutional setup related to fisheries

·      Analyse the role of institutes in research and development in fisheries

·      Create professional network among the fisheries sector

·      Develop innovative solutions of different industries for national development issues in the aquatic resource sector

Course Contents:

·      Students will be posted to suitable fisheries and aquaculture related institutions during the semester vacation. The Department of Fisheries will be constantly in contact with Government Departments, private sector, Corporations, Co – operative Societies and individuals in this regard.   Students are expected to spend a minimum of two weeks and submit a report at the end of the in – field training. Oral presentation of every student will be evaluated.

 

Assessment Strategy:

       

·      Evaluation report from the industrial supervisor            20%

·      Presentation                                                                           30%

·      Final Report on the training                                                  50%     

               

 

Course Title

Fisheries Socioeconomics

Course Code

FIS 411M2

Credit Value

2

Core/ Elective

Core

 

 

Hourly Breakdown

Theory

Practical/Field work

Independent Learning

15

30

55

Objectives

·      Provide knowledge and demonstrate the importance and principles of socioeconomics

·      Provide knowledge on problems among fishing community in order to help fishery managers in identifying the problems and managing the issues

Intended Learning Outcomes

       Explain the principles in fisheries socioeconomics

       Analyse the problems among fishing community

       Design co-management systems among fishery stakeholders

       Assess gender equity and women’s involvement in fisheries

       Analyze biosocio-economic condition of fishing community

Course Contents

Motivation for fishing: food, income, social and religious factors, conflict and resolutions;  political issues; fisher societies,  community development, education, health issues, leisure, loan and banking, rural development, substitute jobs in off season; Traditional management systems, co-management; socio economic status of fishermen, scope for development. Sociology and fishermen; Co- operation and role of Co- operatives in fisheries; Priorities for fisheries: Socio-economic research, Socioeconomic indicators and indices; Different approaches used in socioeconomics studies (structured questionnaire, interviews etc.); Social awareness of fishers, social status, social indicators; Welfare of fishers; Women in fisheries, Socio economic empowerment of fisherwomen, Women’s involvement in fish processing; Biosocio-economics of fishing.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture, Case study, group activity, field work, survey, online learning, questionnaire preparation                  

Assessment Strategy

            Theory (MT):        

                          In – course assessment/s:                                                                                    30%

                         End of Course Examination                                                                                     70%

                                            

             Practical/ Field work (MP):            

                           In – course assessment/s:                                                                                   30 %                                                                     

                           End Course Examination                                                                                        70%         

 Overall mark for the course =   (3MT + 2MP)/ 5

References:

   Michel, J.K. and John, D.R.,2001. Marine Fisheries Ecology. Simon Jennings, Blackwell Publ.

   Pinello, D., Gee, J. and Dimech, M., 2017. Handbook for fisheries socio-economic sample survey – principles and practice. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 613. Rome, FAO.

   Namsi, P. and Jiribi, J., 2013. A training manual on Socioeconomic monitoring and Analysis in the Fisheries Sector of South Sudan. African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

   Burgess, F.T., 2001. A general introduction to the design of questionnaires for survey research. University of Leeds.

Course

Code

Course title

Resource Persons

FIS401M3

Marine Ecology and Limnology

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Dr. W.H.A.P.Guruge

Mr. K.Gunaalan

FIS402M3

Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Dr. W.H.A.P.Guruge

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

FIS403M3

Aquaculture and Hatchery Techniques

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Dr. Udeni Edirisinghe

Mr. Chintaka Perera

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Ms. P.Shobiya

FIS404M3

Fish Genetics and Biotechnology

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. Nuwan Liyanage

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

FIS405M2

Fisheries Practical III

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

 

FIS406M2

Fisheries Practical IV

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Ms. P.Shobiya

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

FIS407M6

Research Project

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

Mr. N.Ragavan

Ms. P.Shobiya

FIS408M2

Current Topics in Fisheries

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

Mr. N.Ragavan

Ms. P.Shobiya

FIS409M2

Advanced Fisheries Statistics

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Dr. W.H.A.P.Guruge

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

 

FIS410M2

Research Methods, Scientific Writing and Presentations

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Mr. K.Gunaalan

Mrs. S.Sathyaruban

FIS411M2

Fisheries Socioeconomics

Prof. Mrs. S.Kuganathan

Dr. Udeni Edirisinghe

Mr. Chintaka Perera

Mr. N.Ragavan